DescriptionAlberto Vargas (1896-1982) Original Preliminary Illustration (c.1965).
Fully finished final study for a Vargas girl, which appeared on the cover of Playboy March, 1965. Additionally, the full-length image appears inside the same issue as a double-page illustration with the caption: "Mother was so pleased when she learned Mr. Hefner would only be using my face on the cover of Playboy." The preliminary is uniquely signed by Vargas; utilizing the stylized 'g' in his signature he creates a Playboy bunny. The "bunny" signature appears again on the final cover image used for the issue.
Watercolor and mixed media on paper, matted (35 x 24), sight size approximately 28.5 x 17.5. Initialed (monogram) lower right.
A complete issue of the magazine plus additional examples of the final published version are included.
This preliminary, along with the finished version, is reproduced in Vargas (Austin & Vargas), pages 50 and 51.
keywords: illustrator, nude, beauty, glamour, Esquire artist, Varga
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